Rev. Cedric A. Harmon, Executive Director
Cedric works directly with Black religious leaders and other people of faith to engage diverse topics at the intersection of religion, faith and human sexuality. An ordained pastor affiliated with the National Baptist and Missionary Baptist Churches, he provides trainings, workshops, coaching, and presentations—always creating a safe space to connect the concerns of LGBT families with Black churches’ historic commitment to liberation, freedom, and justice.
Formerly, he served as religious organizer for Americans United for Separation of Church and State where for 13 years, he recruited and trained clergy from around the country to provide legislative testimony about issues of religion and government. He’s also known for his writing and television appearances—again on human rights and social justice—and serves on several boards having to do with sexuality and religion.
Jasmine Cooper, Executive Assistant
A native Washingtonian with a knack for communications, Jasmine Cooper brings a fresh perspective to the Many Voices team. A graduate of the University of Maryland, Jasmine’s professional background includes academia, human resources, fundraising and event coordination. After seeing a need for change and desiring to make an impact in her professional community, Jasmine was selected to author a University level Diversity Plan for the A. James Clark School of Engineering. Once that work was complete, Jasmine realized her true passion was caused-based work, specifically with underrepresented minorities, and quickly moved into the non-profit sector. Jasmine’s work is driven by her compassion for others and fueled by her tenacity, attention to detail and commitment to furthering the mission of Many Voices.
Cleis Abeni, Director of Engagement
A veteran engagement specialist for numerous nonprofit organizations since 1986, Cleis (first name rhymes with “dice”) loves to write, read, design, edit, learn, grow, and live compassionately in service to others. Cleis uses her first name (Cleis) as a pronoun — or just say “she/her.” To learn more about Cleis, visit CleisAbeni.com.
Melissa McQueen, North Carolina Faith Organizer
Melissa Nichole McQueen is a native of Greensboro, NC and is a 2014 graduate at Howard University School of Divinity with a Master of Divinity degree. Melissa is a minister at Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ in Washington, DC and is soon to be ordained in the United Church of Christ.
Melissa’s goal is to leave an impact in the world with her healing practices, advocacy, and compassion for all people. She is a musician, singer, and loves expressing herself in dance and mime. Melissa says of herself, “As I continue on my path to living authentically I am committed to helping others do the same – I am initiating the change I want to see.”